DNP Programs

General information 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Binghamton University's Decker School of Nursing is for students who hold a bachelor's degree in nursing and want to earn an advanced practice (nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist) degree. In addition, students who are already nationally certified as master's prepared nurse practitioners may enter this program with advanced standing.

The program:

  • Provides graduates with knowledge and competence in health systems leadership, policy development and interdisciplinary collaboration to improve healthcare outcomes and increase healthcare access for all populations
  • Prepares clinicians to design, evaluate and continuously improve the context within which healthcare is delivered
  • Teaches students the clinical, organizational, economic and leadership skills necessary to significantly impact healthcare outcomes
  • Focuses on providing leadership for innovative and evidence-based nursing practice, which requires competence in translating research in practice, evaluating evidence, applying research and decision-making, and implementing viable clinical innovations

Specialization options

Students will pursue a DNP in one of four areas of specialization:

  • Adult-gerontological primary care nursing
  • Community health primary care nursing
  • Family health nursing
  • Family psychiatric mental health nursing

Functional role options

Students will pursue a DNP in one of two functional roles:

  • Nurse practitioner (NP)
  • Clinical nurse specialist (CNS)

This chart shows the availability of specialization with functional role.

Specialization    Nurse practitioner role Clinical nurse specialist role
Adult-gerontological primary care nursing available available
Community health primary care nursing available not available
Family health nursing available not available
Family psychiatric mental health nursing available not available

Credits and clinical hours required for degree completion 

Program Clinical hours required Credit hours required
Adult-gerontological clinical nurse specialist 1,380 77
Adult-gerontological primary care nurse practitioner 1,380 77
Community health primary care nurse practitioner 1,320 77
Family health nurse practitioner 1,380 77–78
Famiy psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner 1,380 77–78

For additional, program-specific questions, email decker@binghamton.edu.

Application criteria

Students wishing to pursue a DNP degree at the Decker School of Nursing must satisfy the general conditions and procedures for admission to Binghamton University's Graduate School. Further, they must adhere to all policies outlined in the Graduate School Manual. In addition, the following are required and will be evaluated for admission:

NOTE: *International students are ineligible to apply to the DNP program due to U.S. Department of Homeland Security regulations

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an ACEN- or CCNE-accredited school of nursing program
  • A master's degree in nursing from an ACEN- or CCNE-accredit school of nursing progam (only applicable for applicants to the Advanced Standing DNP program)
  • A descriptive statistics course with a grade of C or better
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered professional nurse in the U.S.
  • Students must pass the NCLEX-RN examination prior to enrollment
  • Prior to beginning clinical experiences in a New York clinical facility, students must submit a copy of their current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse in New York; this is required by the New York State Department of Education Office of the Professions
  • A current, unencumbered license to practice as a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist in the United States (only applicable for applicants to the Advanced Standing DNP program)
  • A current, national certification as a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist (only applicable for applicants to the Advanced Standing DNP program)
  • Two satisfactory academic or professional references
  • Submission of a 500-word personal statement that addresses: why the student is seeking advanced education in general and specifically at Binghamton University; unique aspects of the student's background that will contribute to the DSON graduate community (for example, extracurricular, work or volunteer experiences); and goals the student hopes to achieve upon completion of the program
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Graduate record examination (GRE) scores are not routinely required, but may be requested based on evaluation of official transcripts
  • NOTE: For complete information about application criteria and other requirements, applicants should review the University Bulletin (select "Nursing-Graduate" under "Graduate Fields of Study by Department"). The rules and regulations posted in the University Bulletin at the time of a student's matriculation into the University are the ones to which that student is held.

Application procedures

Information on admissions, financial aid, housing, program costs and visiting Binghamton University's campus (including a virtual tour) is presented on the Graduate School website.

Complete instructions for applying to Binghamton University are available on the Graduate School's how to apply webpage. If you have questions regarding application submission, contact the Graduate School at 607–777–2151 or gradadmission@binghamton.edu.

If you have a felony or child abuse conviction
Students who have a felony or child abuse conviction are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of the Decker School of Nursing and/or to meet licensure requirements for nursing or advanced practice licensure. If you have concerns about this, you are advised to contact the Decker Division of Advising and Academic Excellence, the graduate nursing program director or the Decker College Dean's Office. You are required to report felony convictions while enrolled in the Decker School of Nursing as it may change your progression and ability to be placed in a clinical agency. To learn if felony/child abuse convictions will negatively impact your ability for licensure, check with the State Board of Nursing in the state in which you plan to practice.